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Dr. Bob Barsley 1952-2019 in Memoriam

We mourn the untimely loss of friend, colleague, and mentor  »

Dr. Joe Gentile 1930-2019 in Memoriam

This picture demonstrates the man we all knew and loved.  »

Dr. Joe Gentile 1930-2019 in Memoriam


This picture demonstrates the man we all knew and loved. (Hurricane Katrina Deployment)

I will always remember him as “a Prince among men”. Paula Brumit



To all,

It is with sadness that I report that just today I received information from Kim Look that our friend and ABFO colleague Joe Gentile died on April 5, 2019. I spoke by phone with Joe’s wife Ann today and have offered her our sympathies.


Attached is a copy of the obituary from the Colorado Springs Gazette.


You will note that the family has requested that donations should be sent to one of the two listed charities. Ann mentioned to me that his fondness for animals was legendary and that in her next life she would like to come back as one of Joe’s pets. We both laughed through our tears.


With sadness, David

David R. Senn, DDS

President American Board of  Forensic Odontology


Over the years, I got to know Joe very well.  He had a great sense of humor and was always an asset to the forensic community here in Colorado.  We will miss him.

John McDowell

I really enjoyed Joe’s great sense of humor and caring nature. He’ll be missed

Tom David


Back around 1995 when I attended my first AAFS meeting and when I wore a coat and tie, I was fortunate to sit next to Joe at the first meeting.  I cannot explain how lucky I was to sit next to such a friendly and humorous odont. and to have him as a friend through the years.  Aloha to Joe. – Tony Sur

Joe was one of the nicest people you could come across. Funny and yet can be serious. I happen to have taken my ABFO boards with him and it was a hoot of a weekend.  Sad to see him gone.

Mitch Kirschbaum


Joe’s humor and joy for life is a fond memory I will always carry with me. I wish I could remember more of his jokes J. Richard Fixott


Joe always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell you.  Each year at the ABFO it was like he had not seen you in a decade. Excellent gentleman.  Ernest Jackson


Joseph Richard Gentile DDS (1930 – 2019)

February 5, 1930 – April 5, 2019


Joseph slipped the surly bonds of earth on April 5, 2019. He put out his hands and touched the face of God.

Joseph was born on February 5, 1930 in Pueblo, CO to Peter and Mary Gentile. He attended Regis University and received his DDS from Creighton University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Navy and served in the Dental Corps. Following active duty, Joseph continued as a reservist for 27 years, retiring as a Captain. To ensure the Navy continued to find the best and brightest, he served as a Blue and Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy.
After active duty, Joseph returned to Colorado and put down his dental roots. He started his private practice in Security, CO and eventually moved to Colorado Springs. Joseph practiced dentistry for 60 years. Never were smiles made brighter than by Joseph’s dentistry or by his legendary humor! Joseph kept people laughing all the way to the end and surely the angels are smiling a bit brighter today.
Forensic odontology was his career passion. Advocating for victims of abuse and crime, his work was a great asset to the legal system. Joseph helped bring peace of mind and closure to families through his forensic work at the crash of United Flight 585 in Widefield Park, the Storm King Mountain fire in Glenwood Springs, 9/11 Ground Zero, and Hurricane Katrina. He also served as Deputy Coroner for El Paso County.
Dr. Gentile will be remembered by his countless patients, co-participants in professional organizations, and his friends from the El Paso County coroner’s office. Joseph invested in the future of dentistry and the community as a mentor to many young professionals over the course of his long career.
Joseph’s memory and legacy will forever be cherished by his children Kathleen (John) Thirkell, Michael (Pamela) Gentile, Cheryl (David) Kitley, and Patrick (Susan) Gentile.
He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Anthony, Brian (Amy), Deanna (Dustin), David, Steven, Brett, Natalie, and Desiree.
Joseph is also survived by Ann Armit, his siblings Vince (Anna Lee) Gentile and Jeanne (James) Pagano, several nieces and nephews, and his cousins in Monopoli, Italy.
Rosary service scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Rd., Colorado Springs, CO followed by the Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m.
In honor of Joseph’s military commitment, please consider wearing red, white, and blue to his service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Pikes Peak Humane Society or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region.
Joseph will forever be in our hearts.



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